Hand-Me-Down Box

The women in my family have charms and secrets hidden in a hand me down box We do not talk about the contents inside, not a tale to tell twice Coats, sweaters, pants, and scars  Slipping misfortunes under the lid, used tissues and words better left unsaid To survive, there are things that must be…

Dial Tone

I want to be a number important enough to be memorized 10 digits, a call away no matter how many telephone polls are between us. The distance would be measured in syllables and smiles. No loss would ever matter if I can punch in numbers Hear the dial tone a thousand times and never be…

CONQUEROR

You stole every one of our stories, Chest blossoming with anger when we dare to claim anything.  The locks that fed and grew Nations.  You call it past when it comes to suffering but colonization history.  Heritage only matters when there is a white face behind it. A history of preparing our women to be…

For George Floyd

Poem transcribed as performed. Help me… I can’t breathe… He’s going to kill me… Trigger finger, counterfeit bill, telling the officer he can’t breathe 15 times, one time too many. Taking another black man’s life  8 at night, 8 minutes of pleading, a two-minute video, one body to be buried  A cop with hands in…

Local student to recite poem at Women’s Equality Day Celebration in Sacramento

http://www.montereyherald.com/social-affairs/20180801/local-student-to-recite-poem-at-womens-equality-day-celebration-in-sacramento Today, I was in an article for the Monterey Herald. I was interviewed more than a week ago by Juan Reyes and today the article was put up online and the newspaper was printed for this mornings cycle. The title of my article was called “Local Student to recite poem at Women’s Equality Day…

When You Feed A City Its People

Poem Transcribed As Performed. To the class of 2018, the eagles flying towards the sun. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the story when you give a mouse a cookie. A small mouse with enough force to destroy a house and everything in it. I don’t think it was intended to be this dark. To convey…

Why Are You So Angry?

Poem Transcribed As Performed. Why are you so angry? One of my friends asked me the other day, I had just spoken about one of the most recent crimes in a town near ours and he asked me why it affected me so much when it didn’t happen to me. It was rape, a teenage…

Sightless Devastation- Presented at the NEA Big Read Event

Poem Transcribed As Performed. Do you see it? The invisible boundary between everything, between you and I, wrapped in years of tension. Some will choose to ignore it, climbing over the sightless rope without any strain to their physical being and others will try to rip the boundary to shreds, hands soaked in the blood…

Sally- 1st place SUHSD Poetry Competition

Poem Transcribed As Performed Warning this poem contains situations of sexual assault and post traumatic stress disorder. For the things, I left unsaid in my last poem and the chains that disappeared with time. I would like to introduce you to Sally. Sally is a nice, sweet girl that used to live down the block…

Survival Skills 101- 1st place SUHSD Poetry Competition

Poem transcribed as performed. I can’t remember the last thing he ever said to me. I’m starting to forget what he looks like, maybe that’s why I decided to write this because I can’t remember what my father’s smile was like. I have had enough, enough time and enough misery over a man that has…